Sunday, September 23rd

by Jennifer Welch

 

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Nursery (walkers + 2s & 3s) – The Jesus Storybook Bible

  • Lesson: A Giant Staircase to Heaven
  • Scripture: The Tower of Babel, from Genesis 11
  • Christ Connection: God knew, however high they reached, however hard they tried, people could never get back to heaven by themselves. People didn’t need a staircase; they needed a rescuer, Jesus. Because the way back to heaven wasn’t a staircase; it was a person. People could not reach up to Heaven, so Heaven would have to come down to them. And one day it would. God sent his son Jesus down to earth to die on the cross and save us from our sin.
  • A Verse from the Story to Learn at Home: Genesis 6:5 - The LORD saw that the human heart was only evil.
  • Next Week: Son of Laughter - God’s special promise to Abraham, from Genesis 12–21

 

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Pre-K – 3rd- Dig In: Discipleship

  • Lesson: God Shows Power and Sends Ten Plagues
  • Scripture: Exodus 7:14–12:30
  • Main Point: God is all-powerful, so we respect him.
  • Christ Connection: By his grace, God spared the Israelites from judgment by requiring the blood of a lamb. Jesus is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. His death was the ultimate sacrifice, and those who trust in Christ are under His saving blood and will be passed over in the final judgment.
  • Discussion: Pharaoh must have thought he was pretty powerful. It took 10 awful plagues for him to finally realize God is all-powerfuland to give up. God doesn’t always use his power to destroy things; remember that he used his power to protect and provide for the Israelites, too! Pharaoh took a long time to respect God’s power at work. But when we see glimpses of God’s power, we can respect him.
  • Next Week: God Makes Bitter Water Good - Exodus 15:22-27

 

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4th-5th– The Gospel Project for Preteens

  • Lesson: The Suffering of Job
  • Scripture: Job
  • Main Point: Job learned that God is good, even in suffering.
  • Christ Connection: Job learned that God is all-powerful, sovereign, and good. When we face suffering, we can hope in God. God sent Jesus, the only truly innocent One, to suffer and die so that everyone who trusts in Him can have forgiveness and eternal life.
  • Questions:
    • What did Job learn from his suffering?
    • What should we remember when we face suffering?
    • What did Job learn about God and about himself?
    • How is God near to us in our suffering?
    • How have friends encouraged you in a hard time? How can you encourage others?
  •  Next Week: God’s Covenant with Abraham - Genesis 12; 15; 17